Riding a bicycle is something that some of us take for granted, but it is a fun privilege and a learned skill. Many singers and songwriters have enjoyed the many pleasures of bike riding and have been so inspired by their rides or observing others ride that they composed some fantastic songs from a wide variety of genres about bikes and bicycle riding.
Perhaps the first song that may come to mind is “Bicycle Built for Two,” an old classic song that was originally released in 1892. It’s charming and will likely bring a big smile to your face.
Pink Floyd, the psychedelic rock band, recorded a song called “Bike” from their very first album that was titled “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” It’s both a song with a story and one that’s a bit abstract; the song’s narrator shows a girl his bike as well as a homeless mouse, a cloak, and even some gingerbread men.
Queen recorded the fantastic “Bicycle Race.” “Midnight Bicycle Mystery” is a ditty by Deerhoof. “Bike Ride to the Moon” is an especially fun and fantastical song by The Dukes of Stratosphear. An old love ballad that’s called “Les Bicyclettes de Belsize” by Englebert Humperdinck is definitely worth a listen. You may also want to check out “Bicycle” by Livingston Taylor and “Roll Me Away” by Bob Seger.
Now there are also some songs written about riding a motorcycle than many cyclists embrace as their own as well. These songs include “Ride Away” by Roy Orbison; “Bad Motor Scooter” by Montrose; and “Cool Rider” by Michelle Pfeiffer from “Grease 2.” In fact, the last song could most definitely be seen as a biking song. Michelle is enchanting in the scene of the film and sings longingly for “a rider that’s cool.”